Sunday in the Park with doG

While enjoying a sandwich on a relaxing day in the park, a high-strung Guy has a chance meeting with a very zen, three-legged doG, who may or may not be... an existentialist.
Sunday in the Park with doG stars the ever popular Mason Reese as the voice of doG, the wise-cracking hound that may or may not be… an existentialist. Carl Welden voices Guy, a bit of a high-strung chap out for a quiet day in the park. When Guy meets the three-legged talking doG, he marvels at the zen-like attitude doG has towards his “handicap.” doG tries to assure Guy that everything in the universe is as it should be, but alas the nature of Guy is more antipathetic.
The film in a traditional animation with hand-painted watercolor backgrounds by artist Dawn Robyn along with some stylized nods to Suerat, MaGritte, Dali and Munch. The original score was beautifully composed by Dara Taylor. The script is based on the original play “My Conversation with doG” by the writer/director of the piece Robert Rosenbaum.

  • Robert Rosenbaum
  • Robert Rosenbaum
  • Robert Rosenbaum
  • Mason Reese
    Key Cast
  • Carl Welden
    Key Cast
  • Robert Rosenbaum
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Jersey Shore Film Festival
    Deal, NJ
    United States
    August 5, 2017
  • New York Short Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    November 5, 2017
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
  • Green Bay Film Festival
    Green Bay, WI
    United States
    February 28, 2018
Director Biography - Robert Rosenbaum

Robert is a screenwriter, author and playwright, with plays produced in Los Angeles and New York including: Basement - ANDTheater Company New York, Out of the Darkness - First Stage LA , Split Second Thought - Samuel Beckett Theatre, New York, Roofbrain Chatter - The Whole Theatre Company, Van Nuys, CA, Children of All Ages - Zephyr Theater, Los Angeles, Guess It Had To Be That Way - Los Angeles One Act Festival. He has a new short film, “Sunday in the Park with doG” that has been selected for several 2017-2018 film festivals, and recently screened in Manhattan at Cinema Village. He is currently in development on a feature film “The Manny” scheduled to go into production in the spring of 2018. When not in a major city working on a production, Robert lives upstate in the Catskill Mountains of New York with his wife and 60+ horses on Rosemary Farm Sanctuary.

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Director Statement

The film is based on my short play “My Conversation with doG”. The concept for the play came from watching a three-legged dog in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The dog was running and playing with other dogs and I thought I bet he doesn’t think of himself as handicapped. The influence for the style was Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot"
Recreating my play as an animation gave me the freedom to not only animate a three-legged dog character, but also delve into some visual metaphors. The impressionist/surreal painting styles are what ultimately led me to change the title of the short film.